The Eight LifeShapes and Transforming Truths
At Christ Lutheran we are discovering a process of discipleship known as LifeShapes from the book A Passionate Life, by Michael Breen and Walt Kallestad (2005). Each shape is coupled with teaching that encourages a believer to grow in a grace-filled, balanced, personal relationship with God that leads toward daily encounters with God and vibrant mission in God’s Kingdom.
The Circle—Choosing to Learn from Life
Identifying the events in our lives that affect our emotions and actions and that represent opportunity for learning and growth
The Semi Circle—Living in Rhythm with Life
This process helps us identify rhythms and patterns of work, rest, fruitfulness and abiding in our lives. Recognizing these patterns will prevent us from becoming overstretched.
The Triangle—Balancing the Relationships of Life
Three areas of life that Jesus modeled to maintain a balanced lifestyle:
• Up—developing intimacy with Him
• In—building the Church community
• Out—reaching the un-churched
The Square—Defining the Priorities of Life
There are four stages of team development modeled by Jesus. These stages result in any team striving to reach maturity, fruitfulness and multiplication.
The Pentagon—Knowing Your Role in Life
Five key roles (apostle, prophet, teacher, evangelist, pastor) that each of us are designed to fill. Put together, they make up the church identified in Ephesians.
The Hexagon—Praying As a Way of Life
Six petitions of prayer modeled by Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13. Learning to apply this prayer to daily requests will strengthen and renew one’s prayer life.
The Heptagon—Practicing the Principles of a Vital Life
Seven principles of growth that apply to all living things, including God's people. The anagram "MRS GREN" can help you learn how to grow a healthy church. (Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion, Nutrition)
The Octagon—Living a Mission-Minded Life
Eight evangelistic strategies for a comprehensive outreach approach. This model will help you discover the “Person of Peace” and how this process works from God's perspective.